August 1st, 2013
01:05 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN analysis: Congress in D.C. far less than it used to be

Washington (CNN) - The artificially chilled halls of the U.S. Capitol this week are a sort of an out-of-body experience.

Thoughts of the month-long August break from Washington permeate nearly every encounter and phone call.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He believes the shorter window in Washington squeezes out the heavy lifting of lawmaking and that a lawmaker's hours in the Capitol are filled with meet-and-greets, fundraisers and receptions instead of legislative work."

    Of that there is no doubt whatsoever. And there is also no doubt that Congress will change its work week (or lack thereof) anytime soon. I would like to think that the electorate will vote these incompetents out of office, but until such time as we stop finger pointing one another for our political differences and actually start paying attention to the inactivity in our elected officials, we the voters are more at fault then those in Congress who willing sit back and do nothing.

    Of course, whatever political party we endorse would also have to give us candidates worth voting for. The "lesser of two evils" strategy now encompassing much of the Grand Old Party offering leaves much to be desired and only adds to the finger pointing. Candidates such as Anthony Weiner don't help the Democratic party either.

    August 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    The number of congressional work days now is significantly less than the high point of 2009. That's when the Senate met for 113 days before the August recess, which is 24 days more than the same period this year.

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    2009 was also the last time the Dems held the majority in the house & senate, although due to the rethug loser refsing to conceed to Senator-elect Franken, and Senator Kennedy's failing health and subsequent demise, their majority in the senate lasted all of about 5 minutes. Yeah, it's well past time for the rethugs to get to work. Ironically, despite the fact that the Dem senate had no 5-day weeks this year, they were still at work more often than the rethug house.

    August 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. freedom

    The leader/ CEO / president / set the tone in any corporation or government. This president has put into motion a destructive and divisive Congress who can't function – and it's his deliberate agenda – to have our country implode. He ultimately won't succeed. Hubris.

    August 1, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    freedom

    The leader/ CEO / president / set the tone in any corporation or government. This president has put into motion a destructive and divisive Congress who can't function – and it's his deliberate agenda – to have our country implode. He ultimately won't succeed. Hubris.

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    No, the REAL hubris is your blaming the President for the do-nothing congress!

    August 1, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has divided this nation, every which way......coming and going.

    August 1, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    freedom wrote:

    The leader/ CEO / president / set the tone in any corporation or government. This president has put into motion a destructive and divisive Congress who can't function – and it's his deliberate agenda – to have our country implode.
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    You've gotten all of it right, except for the "it's his deliberate agenda" part. Republicans have openly admitted that it has been their goal to cause failure. It's been their number one priority. It's been the Republican agenda.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    August 1, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. john magnin,

    I have a question, can John McCain run for a 3rd time forPresident?

    August 1, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This president has put into motion a destructive and divisive Congress who can't function – and it's his deliberate agenda – to have our country implode."

    Well, I suppose it IS easier for some folks to blame the President (who happens to be a member of the opposite party) because their own party (in this case the GOP) can't seem to function beyond kindergarten levels.

    If it were my party, I would in all likelihood want to get a handle on what is happening politically within my party before I continued to support the dysfunction by overlooking that dysfunction as negative on the party itself ... let alone on the message its leadership is putting forth by continuing to display said dysfunction on a daily basis.

    August 1, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    I swear if President Obama said breathing was great, before nightfall a certain group of people would cut their breathing off.

    Now it's his fault that Congress is full of idiots that don't believe he should be POTUS and therefore are doing everything in their power to stop the country from moving forward?? Unfreakingbelievable....

    August 1, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Donna

    I'm overjoyed they aren't in DC, especially if it means passing more disasters like Obamacare. Every law they pass spawns hundreds or thousands of regulations, all of which taken away more and more freedom or take away more and more of our money. Frankly, I wish they would just take the next 3.5 years off and keep Obama and the Democrats from completely destroying the country.

    August 1, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    With apologies to James Madison:

    Maybe we should just ditch the whole Congress thing. For one thing, it's just a front for moneyed interests like corporations and defense contractors. For another, these people are never there, anyway.

    Hardly what Madison envisaged, I daresay.

    August 1, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Lynda wrote:

    If it were my party, I would in all likelihood want to get a handle on what is happening politically within my party before I continued to support the dysfunction by overlooking that dysfunction as negative on the party itself ... let alone on the message its leadership is putting forth by continuing to display said dysfunction on a daily basis.
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    The problem with Republicans is that McCain went to the center [after Bush he had no choice] in 2008, and they lost. They went hard to the right in 2010, and were rewarded with a landslide. Romney came along in 2012, who most on the right wing viewed as a moderate conservative, and they lost badly again. Conclusion. Hardline wins. Moderation loses.

    As far as the right wing hardliners are concerned, they have a good argument as to which direction the party needs to go. they just haven't figured out that they lost the 2012 election because of their hard line policies at the state and local levels over the past two years, not because of Romney's reputation as a moderate conservative. They've completely forgotten about GWB's message from 2000, that of a "compassionate conservative." He lied about it, but that was the public face he wore.

    August 1, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |